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July 4, 2014

NEVER FEAR!
We’re here for ya ‘til eleven pm!
And Matt’s delivering after 5, if your BBQ runs dry…

NEVER FEAR!

We’re here for ya ‘til eleven pm!

And Matt’s delivering after 5, if your BBQ runs dry…

June 3, 2014

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. -Plautus
It’s our 6th Birthday! Thank you all for your incredible support and friendship over the last 6 years. We couldn’t celebrate this milestone without you. Today we raise a glass of Champagne to our friends and neighbors, near and far, who make all of our celebrations so much sweeter.  Dandy truly loves you!

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. -Plautus

It’s our 6th Birthday! Thank you all for your incredible support and friendship over the last 6 years. We couldn’t celebrate this milestone without you. Today we raise a glass of Champagne to our friends and neighbors, near and far, who make all of our celebrations so much sweeter.  Dandy truly loves you!

April 23, 2014

March 30, 2014

Staff picks!

Let’s get this party started riiiiiiiiight!

March 26, 2014

NEW FROM BORDEAUX
Bordeaux is the world’s largest quality wine producing region on the planet, and we’ve recently acquired 5 new bottles from the storied (and confusing) Gironde! Let’s break it down…
Chateau de Monrepos Grand Bordeaux 2011: A generous oak barreling gives this dark blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc a smooth, concentrated, vanilla-laden finish.  Red velvet cake, baby. $12
Chateau la Haute Claymore Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2009: This rIght bank Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from a banging vintage is rife with bold plum and raspberry fruit and touches of cocoa, tobacco, and green bean. A steal. $20
Chateau du Champ des Treilles Sainte-Foy Grand Vin 2011: Corine and Jean-Michel Comme “let nature be their guide” on their Sainte-Foy property, one of the first to be certified organic in the region.  Employing hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero sulfur, and “hands off” vineyard practices, they create wines that are true to the varietals and terroir. Their Grand Vin is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. $24
Clos Magne Figeac Saint-Emilion 2010: A gorgeous Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from a vineyard that’s been in the same family for over 500 years. Black currant, spicy cedar, crushed forest fruit, and the softest tannins.  Blue cheese and steak, please and thanks. $30
Chateau Aney Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2010: Another stunner from beloved importer Kermit Lynch! Classy left bank Cru Bourgeois- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Finessed and balanced, aged in old oak barrels… drinks great now with a little decanting but will age beautifully. $36
Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2010: We were instantly in love with this dreamy Bordeaux Blanc and just had to have it. The vineyard was founded in the 13th century by Benedictine Monks, making it one of the oldest estates in the region. This Cru Classe is 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. White peaches, nectarine, honeysuckle, and preserved lemon, with the minerality we always look for in French whites… truly exceptional.  $54

NEW FROM BORDEAUX

Bordeaux is the world’s largest quality wine producing region on the planet, and we’ve recently acquired 5 new bottles from the storied (and confusing) Gironde! Let’s break it down…

Chateau de Monrepos Grand Bordeaux 2011: A generous oak barreling gives this dark blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc a smooth, concentrated, vanilla-laden finish.  Red velvet cake, baby. $12

Chateau la Haute Claymore Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2009: This rIght bank Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from a banging vintage is rife with bold plum and raspberry fruit and touches of cocoa, tobacco, and green bean. A steal. $20

Chateau du Champ des Treilles Sainte-Foy Grand Vin 2011: Corine and Jean-Michel Comme “let nature be their guide” on their Sainte-Foy property, one of the first to be certified organic in the region.  Employing hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero sulfur, and “hands off” vineyard practices, they create wines that are true to the varietals and terroir. Their Grand Vin is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. $24

Clos Magne Figeac Saint-Emilion 2010: A gorgeous Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from a vineyard that’s been in the same family for over 500 years. Black currant, spicy cedar, crushed forest fruit, and the softest tannins.  Blue cheese and steak, please and thanks. $30

Chateau Aney Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2010: Another stunner from beloved importer Kermit Lynch! Classy left bank Cru Bourgeois- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Finessed and balanced, aged in old oak barrels… drinks great now with a little decanting but will age beautifully. $36

Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2010: We were instantly in love with this dreamy Bordeaux Blanc and just had to have it. The vineyard was founded in the 13th century by Benedictine Monks, making it one of the oldest estates in the region. This Cru Classe is 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. White peaches, nectarine, honeysuckle, and preserved lemon, with the minerality we always look for in French whites… truly exceptional.  $54

March 24, 2014

NEW MALBECS
Chateau Vincens L’Instant, Cahors 2010: Black fruit, black earth, structure and minerals from the high limestone slopes of Southwestern France’s capitol city. Refined and uniquely French. $16
Quattrochi, Mendoza 2011: Preserved cherries, juicy ripe plums, and dusty tannins prevail in this Argentinian Malbec from Italian ex-pats. Old-world style in the New World. $15
ALTO 3 Reserve 2010: Berry pie! Toasty and jammy, with distinctive baking spice undertones. Full-bodied and impactful. $12

NEW MALBECS

Chateau Vincens L’Instant, Cahors 2010: Black fruit, black earth, structure and minerals from the high limestone slopes of Southwestern France’s capitol city. Refined and uniquely French. $16

Quattrochi, Mendoza 2011: Preserved cherries, juicy ripe plums, and dusty tannins prevail in this Argentinian Malbec from Italian ex-pats. Old-world style in the New World. $15

ALTO 3 Reserve 2010: Berry pie! Toasty and jammy, with distinctive baking spice undertones. Full-bodied and impactful. $12

March 21, 2014

NEW PINOT NOIR ALERT
Danjean-Berthoux Bourgogne Rouge 2012: Made with grapes from several lots in and around Givry, this elegant Burgundy is rich with earthy minerality and understated red fruit. $19
Delaille Unique Pinot Noir 2012: A Kermit Lynch import! This fresh and juicy Pinot comes from sustainably farmed grapes in the Loire Valley. Easy drinking and joyful. $18
Lompoc Wine Company Sta. Rita Hills 2012: Master Sommelier Rajat Parr and winemaker Sashi Moorman are the forces behind the Lompoc Wine Company.  Their Sta. Rita Hills Pinot is dignified and concentrate, with dark fruit and soft, velvety tannins. $36
Institute Agricole Regional/ Aoste 2012: Spicy, smoky, and utterly singular… this Northern Italian beauty is tremendous with pork chops and bbq, or as a conversation starter. $25

NEW PINOT NOIR ALERT

Danjean-Berthoux Bourgogne Rouge 2012: Made with grapes from several lots in and around Givry, this elegant Burgundy is rich with earthy minerality and understated red fruit. $19

Delaille Unique Pinot Noir 2012: A Kermit Lynch import! This fresh and juicy Pinot comes from sustainably farmed grapes in the Loire Valley. Easy drinking and joyful. $18

Lompoc Wine Company Sta. Rita Hills 2012: Master Sommelier Rajat Parr and winemaker Sashi Moorman are the forces behind the Lompoc Wine Company.  Their Sta. Rita Hills Pinot is dignified and concentrate, with dark fruit and soft, velvety tannins. $36

Institute Agricole Regional/ Aoste 2012: Spicy, smoky, and utterly singular… this Northern Italian beauty is tremendous with pork chops and bbq, or as a conversation starter. $25

February 6, 2014

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Thursday programming for… A COCKTAIL PARTY!

We’re mixing things up, because variety is the spice of life and friends make it so much sweeter. Instead of our usual Thursday night tasting, we’ve invited our pals from Quinciple to throw a little soiree from 7-9 pm, with a special wine cocktail constructed by Bit by a Fox. If you’re not yet familiar with Quinciple, this is a great way to get aquainted. It’s a brilliant twist on a CSA - they curate a box, once a week, with fresh ingredients from the best sources with inspired recipes to put it all together. You can subscribe online, and see the upcoming week’s haul, then pick it up at Dandelion on Thursday nights! We’re obsessed, and we’re not alone. The tower of boxes grows every week and it’s been really fun to compare recipe and wine pairing notes with our fellow Quinciple devotees!

January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014

NEW SPANISH REDS
Celler del Roure Setze Gallets, Valencia 2011: This funky red from Valencia hails from a revitalized 300+ year old vineyard.  A blend of Garnacha, Monastrell, Merlot, and Mando, the red juicy fruit is balanced by spice and a distinctive earthiness. Playful, unique and really just a joy to drink. $15
Cesca Vicent, Priorat 2011: Francesca Vicent’s ancestors founded this Priorat vineyard in the 15th century, and she carries on the legacy today with a few improvements, like organic farming and detailed ground studies regarding which grapes grow best in each of the 11 different types of soil on her estate. The wine is dark and bold and serious… it’s almost better on it’s second day open.  But the long breath of fresh air brings out its charm, and the higher alcohol (15.5%) will definitely warm you up! $19
CVNE Vina Real Crianza, Rioja 2009: This toasty Tempranillo Crianza, from a vineyard that just won Wine Spectator’s “wine of the year” for their Grand Reserva, is jam packed with black cherry and raspberry fruit, with cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish.  Soft tannins and low acidity up the comfort level.  Drink by the fire or the television.  $18

NEW SPANISH REDS

Celler del Roure Setze Gallets, Valencia 2011: This funky red from Valencia hails from a revitalized 300+ year old vineyard.  A blend of Garnacha, Monastrell, Merlot, and Mando, the red juicy fruit is balanced by spice and a distinctive earthiness. Playful, unique and really just a joy to drink. $15

Cesca Vicent, Priorat 2011: Francesca Vicent’s ancestors founded this Priorat vineyard in the 15th century, and she carries on the legacy today with a few improvements, like organic farming and detailed ground studies regarding which grapes grow best in each of the 11 different types of soil on her estate. The wine is dark and bold and serious… it’s almost better on it’s second day open.  But the long breath of fresh air brings out its charm, and the higher alcohol (15.5%) will definitely warm you up! $19

CVNE Vina Real Crianza, Rioja 2009: This toasty Tempranillo Crianza, from a vineyard that just won Wine Spectator’s “wine of the year” for their Grand Reserva, is jam packed with black cherry and raspberry fruit, with cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish.  Soft tannins and low acidity up the comfort level.  Drink by the fire or the television.  $18